|Publisher: Robert Hale
Date: September 2004
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Historical Romance [1887 India & UK]
|Reviewer: Rachel A Hyde
The Golden Pagoda
Eldridge works for the British Intelligence Service, and has been
sent to a remote part of India near the Russian border to discover
what has happened to another undercover investigator. The Russians
are challenging the British rule in India, and Richard is soon to
discover that anything can happen in the High Pamir Mountains. A
sudden blizzard almost ends his life, but he is rescued and brought
to a medical mission where he meets Georgina Larssen. The two of
them are going to have many adventures -both together and apart
- and discover for themselves the secrets of the mysterious Golden
This is a mixture
of adventure, exotic locations and romance, like her last book Palace
of the Winds (also reviewed on this site). The hero and heroine
have various trials to endure before the last page, and if you are
wondering whether this is another "battle of the sexes"
romance then the answer is no; the protagonists work together as
well as having their differences. If you like steamy sex you won't
find it here, but instead there are descriptions of far-flung places
although I would have preferred a fatter plot with more conflict.
This isn't quite as gritty and gripping as her last book but if
you want an enjoyable read, then look no further.
I thought that they
don't write them like this anymore, and the days of the gripping
romantic suspense tales of Victoria Holt were long gone, but Ashleigh
Bingham is swimming against the tide and a good thing, too, for
all those who had all but forgotten how good this sort of thing
can be, or for those who are new to the genre. My favorite sort
of romantic novel.